Pasco Sheriff beefs up mental health services

Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco is ramping up efforts to address mental health issues, in his agency’s daily work. The sheriff explained his team’s approach to those attending the September breakfast meeting of The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce. Nocco said mental health issues are expanding in a way that affects public safety, during remarks to dozens of chamber members at the Golden … [Read more...]

Chaplain lifts spirits at Pasco Sheriff’s Office 

Chaplain Brian Brown — with his open-door policy — is a confidant for staff members at the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. He’s one of a dozen chaplains assigned across the department’s three districts who counsel law enforcement officials. In addition to providing direct services, Brown also oversees the agency’s chaplains. “We minister to agency personnel and their immediate family,” … [Read more...]

These kits can help save lives

A safety measure has been added to Pasco County high schools that’s aimed to help save lives during a mass casualty or active shooter situation. The schools now have bleed control kits — designed to help prevent victims from bleeding out before emergency responders arrive. The kits contain items such as tourniquets, blood-clotting dressings and casualty extraction litter, CPR mask, … [Read more...]

Pasco sets property tax rate for 2020 fiscal year

The Pasco County Commission has adopted a tax rate for the 2020 fiscal year. Truth in Millage (TRIM) notices that will be mailed out to property owners will reflect these rates: TRIM notice: Property tax: 7.6076 Municipal fire service unit: 1.8036 Jail (bond issue): .0277 Fire rescue (bond issue): .0222 Parks (bond issue): .0100 Library (bond issue): .0096 County … [Read more...]

Pasco Sheriff’s Office boosts online crime reporting

Reporting a variety of crimes is getting easier for Pasco County residents through a new online reporting tool being used by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office recently upgraded the capabilities of its citizen online police reporting system to accept reports on a these types of incidents: Petit theft (less than $300) Petit theft bicycle (less than $300) Grand … [Read more...]

Pasco Sheriff launches unit to help mentally ill

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office is launching a new unit aimed to better serve the needs of people facing significant mental health issues. The new unit — called the Mental Health and Threat Assessment Team (MHTAT) — will feature six deputies, two caseworkers, a clinical social worker, a sergeant and a lieutenant, who will collaborate with local behavioral health providers to provide tailored, … [Read more...]

Randy Maggard wins District 38 seat

Voters have selected Randy Maggard to become their next representative in District 38 of the Florida House of Representatives. Maggard, a Republican, received 9,615 votes, or 55.58 percent of the total in the Special Election held on June 18. His opponent Kelly Smith, a Democrat, received 7,684, or 44.42 percent of the vote. The voter turnout in the contest was 15.24. The district’s … [Read more...]

Pasco Sheriff’s Office gets forensics K-9

The Pasco Sheriff’s Office has added another K-9 to its unit of about two dozen — but it’s not the traditional search and seizure police dog frequently utilized by law enforcement agencies. Instead, this dog, a 3-year-old yellow Labrador named Phi, is paired with a forensics investigator and trained to detect decomposing human remains. More commonly known as a human remains detection … [Read more...]

Can human connection heal?

Austin Eubanks remembered with clarity the tragic day that forever changed his life, and, ultimately claimed it. His best friend was killed instantly in front of him. Then Eubanks was shot twice, in the hand and knee. Eubanks was just 17 years old when he experienced and survived the massacre inside the library of Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. “I remember seeing my hand … [Read more...]

Florida aims to stop motorists from texting while driving

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to sign into law a measure that would allow tickets to be issued to motorists for texting while driving — as a primary offense. The current law considers texting while driving a secondary offense — meaning motorists can only be cited for the offense, if they are initially pulled over for another violation. The Florida House passed a bill on April 29 … [Read more...]